I’ve babbled about reasons long enough to get straight to the point this time: Once Upon a Nightmare is back. It’s on Fictionpress, Figment and WattPad. It will be posted on these sites in its entirety on a T/TH/S schedule. However, it’s also on Amazon. If you have money, and feel like using it to support me in my writing, you can buy it there.
Summary: Unknown to their victims, Nightmares and Dreams are actual creatures who invade human minds as embodied fears and joys. But with the new BlissMax pill–guaranteed to give you good dreams all night!–the Nightmares are starving.
Charmingly weird, but socially clumsy, Violet doesn’t use BlissMax (or any modern niceties, thanks Dad), and one night, a Nightmare—the fear of hell—enters her enticingly innocent mind and gets accidentally trapped. Though Violet has a penchant for creepy things, having a Nightmare stuck inside her mind causes problems: narcolepsy and yet further distance from reality, to name a few, not to mention the Nightmare begins to starve in the wake of fresh human fear.
In a misguided attempt to get him home, she gets dragged into the city of Nightmares—Halloweentown on steroids. Once there, it becomes apparent the Dreams and Nightmares hate each other and getting back (alive) only tips the list of growing complications.
The plan, as of now, is to eventually supply a combination Morpheus ebook that features all four parts of volume one. In between editing and school, I’m . . . working on it.
But for now, here are the shorts I’m going to feature as bonus material. I’m posting them here so if you’ve already read the series and don’t want to buy the combo later just to read a few meager shorts, then you don’t have to.
Chapter One – In Alexander’s Perspective
I’m actually considering making this a prologue to the whole series. Maybe put it in third person, and past tense. Thoughts?
How Enna and Alexander Met
As the title suggests, Enna and Alexander’s first meeting. I’m quite fond of Enna. I wish it was feasible to spend more time with her in the books.
It all started when a dear friend and I decided to apply for a study abroad program in London together. Estimated costs will reach $7,000 dollars, if I’m frugal. I (the obvious brains of our nefarious duo, cough) suggested selling kidneys and other body organs to fund our trip. She had another idea. “Why not sell a novella or two as e-books?” Response: “The only thing I have even close to finishing is my nightmare story, and even then, it might take until December to get it done.”
Then, the truly brilliant thought: “Break it into parts and publish it as a series.”
So, for the first time ever, I’m putting my work out there, shaking it around and dressing it in sequins. It’s surprisingly really hard. I don’t know why. Probably some inner issues squirming around under the fear, but whatever. What’s done is done is done.
The decision to make it into a series does end up making me more money (I know, I know), but I’m honestly not finished with the second half yet. (:
If you like paranormal young adult fiction, each part is novella sized and only 99 cents. If you don’t think you’d like it but are willing to give it a chance, the first book is free on Smashwords, Fictionpress or Figment. (Or, if you really love me, you can buy it on Amazon.)
The second part is available both on Amazon, and on Smashwords, if you don’t have a Kindle and don’t care to download the free Kindle-reading software.
And, of course, if you do end up not hating it, please share with your friends. Part Three: Night Terror is due out Nov. 10th.